3 Week Watermelon Growth

brugster5July 10, 2012

This is my first time trying to grow watermelons in a container. Just wondering if anyone knows if the growth I'm showing in the picture is normal for 3 weeks after seeding. Thanks for any and all help.

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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

From seed, to what you show there is very good in 3 weeks. Hopefully you will have a long growing season. probably 10-12 more weeks is needed for a ripe melon. I'm just setting melons now on my latest plant and hoping for the best.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 12:25PM
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brugster5

@edweather. Hopefully it doesnt get too cool in September.From what I've read melons do not take kindly to dipping temperatures. I should have 10 more weeks of decent weather before it gets really chilly. How long before the vines appear?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 2:18PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

That is the vine. Smaller ones will shoot off of that one, but that will be the main one and you should see flowers in about a week or so. Important to keep an eye out for the female flowers and hand pollinate them as soon as they open. I use a small soft paint brush (like the kind I used to paint models with when I was a kid) to transfer the pollen from the males to the females. The Males and females are easy to recognize. The males are just flowers, but the females are flowers with a little tiny watermelon just below it.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 3:52PM
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brugster5

Ok. Thanks so much for that information. I was under the assumption that the bees would handle all of the pollination but I guess, for the best fruit, I will have to do the dirty work myself. Thanks again.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 4:32PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

The bees 'might' get the job done, but you don't want to take any chances with your time frame.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 10:41PM
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